This season, I’ve been writing mostly about the young ‘uns and how they’re doing. But today, I need to do something a little different.
Everyone, I’m sure, remembers that during April and May last year, Joey Votto wasn’t being Joey Votto. he struggled for a while before transforming himself into the offensive monster we’re all generally used to. This year, he hasn’t missed a beat. Oh, sure, there’ve been weeks here and there, but we’ve reached a point now where we’ve seen a full year of offensive excellence from Joseph Daniel.
Over the last calendar year, these are Joey Votto’s numbers:
694 Plate Appearances
34 Home Runs
Stop for a minute. Just stop. Go back and look at that. Those numbers are insane.
If that occurred over the course of one season, instead of stretched across two, it would represent a career high in OPS, AVG, SLG, Runs, hits, and extra-base hits. And a career low in strikeouts. It misses his career high in homers by 3. HIs career high in OBP by .001, his career high in RBI by 5.
Decline? What decline.
Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.